Questionable Employees at MO Dept

1 decade 6 months 4 days ago Wednesday, November 14 2007 Nov 14, 2007 Wednesday, November 14, 2007 5:08:20 PM CST November 14, 2007 in News

Wednesday Montee released an audit for mental health, social services and health and senior services. Montee's report shows: 10 employees in one department were convicted of child abuse in a previous job.

Almost a quarter of long-term care facilities hired at least one person with a questionable background.

This year someone charged with second degree murder was allowed to work in a long-term care facility. Montee says protecting vulnerable Missourians begins with hiring reputable employees.

"Well one thing that we've found is our department that oversees residential childcare facilities allows people that are on the central registry for child abusers to go ahead and be employed in our facilities," said Montee. "They don't automatically disqualify them."

One agency replied to Montee's audit by stating employees with questionable backgrounds would not be allowed to work with children, but they could be hired to work elsewhere like groundskeeping or maintenance.

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